BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal on Thursday said he is "personally a strong supporter of opening up everything" and Mumbai is in a position to open up everything.
Speaking to CNBC-TV18 on COVID-19 situation in Mumbai, he added, "When we open up Mumbai whether it is trains, buses – the boundaries disappear and this 40 million people become like a single unit."
Right now Mumbai is in a position to open up everything but things are totally different in MMR, he explained.
"The infection there (MMR) is very high, the cases are coming very high, we have 20,000 active cases, only 5,000 odd symptomatic. They have now 40,000 active cases. So that is a cause of worry for us. The moment they come down to our level, I can assure you that things will open up in a big way.”
Since June 3, it has been almost two months, and 50 percent of the shops in Mumbai on one day and 50 percent on the other day are opening, which means in 48 hours, the entire or 100 percent of Mumbai shops open up.
"Then as far as BEST is concerned, which is under MCGM, we have 4,000 buses and they are running at full capacity. All 4,000 buses are on the road. We have approximately 10 million people who are on the roads of Mumbai today from the last 55 days so it is not that Mumbai is shutdown or is under lockdown."
"Only thing left out in the shopping sector is the malls and now we are opening the malls also saying that only restaurants will have to wait otherwise all shops will open up there,” he added.
Chahal says Chief Minister is for opening up. "We should bury this word lockdown and we should only think of Mission Begin Again, which is our state government’s policy. So step by step we intend to open up. Everything has to happen in a graded fashion, we don’t want to come back to lockdown ever again.”